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RATINGS: 1342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale is a mainstay in our fall & winter lineup. With hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.

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3.8
Dogbrick (13012) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Clear dark brown color with a medium tan head and thin lacing. The aroma is heavy on the toasted malt, with a bit of caramel in the background. Medium, smooth body with dominant malt flavoring. Sweet caramel and a bit of hops and coffee is also present. The finish is roasty and sweet at times. This beer disappeared in the blink of an eye and I was left wondering why it took me so long to try it.

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crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Hah it is the best non-belgian brown ale I have had. It is just too easy to drink.

3.6
hopdog (12549) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Poured a deeper and cloudy brown with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of little floaters. Aromas of nuts, caramel, and light chocolate. Tastes of nuts, toffee, chocolate and some hops.

3.7
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2008
12 oz bottle-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-molasses/caramel, nutty, secondary earthy hops. Taste is medium/dark malt-molasses/caramel/chocolate, nutty, secondary earthy hops with some bitterness. OK carbonation.

3.7
Sammy (12205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
Chocolate cabinet brown with creamy head, fresh leaving lace in glass. Caramel, a touch of graininess and roasted barley and molasses and licorice in aroma and in taste. Very easy drink, understated hoppiness and maltiness so just some bitterness and sweetness. Some of each in aftertaste, but more sweet.. Creamy mouthfeel. Good example of this style.

3.9
slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"agreed on the "best" part of the brown, or almost at least. wonderful roasty malt aroma and even better flavor. smooth, but thin like most browns. VERY well done for the style. another winner from John :)"

3.7
j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a hazy ruby hued brown with a medium to large creamy white head that deflates rather quixckly. Nice toasty nutty malt with a vinous fruit note with a bit of caramel. Medium bodied, quite smooth, nice and malty and a bit nutty. Finishes up with a smooth bitterness. A touch on the sweet side, but really tasty.

3.5
deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2010
On tap. Poured a clear brown with a light tan head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was full of malts with a nice grain and bread backbone with a hint of caramel and some spices. Flavor was quite similar with lots of malts that were slightly sweet but mainly bread came to mind with some spices to make it interesting.

3.6
shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Tap at Eccentric. Nutty coffee and sour mash aroma. Dark amber with small head. Sweet-sour toffee malt flavor with light bitter herbal hops finish. Nice solid beer.

4.4
hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2003 RBSG2003 (extended) (On tap at the brewery) Crystal clear, deep amber ale. Small, off-white, creamy head. Partially retaining with good lacing. The nose is of caramel, butterscotch, toffee... everything MALT! The flavor is ridiculously rich, buttery and malty... with balance. Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, semi-sweet, buttery finish. Reminiscent of Lake Tahoe Red and European Zebra Lager (which is no longer brewed).


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